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Week in politics: What to expect as Republicans gear up for ACA repeal vote, plus what’s in Trump’s new travel ban

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Senator Lindsey Graham (2nd R), R-SC, stands with Senator Bill Cassidy (L), R-LA, Senator Dean Heller (2nd L), R-NV, and Senator Ron Johnson (R), R-WI, to announce their legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare through block grants on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 13, 2017. JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

Republicans on Capitol Hill are bracing for a big week for their legislative efforts. 

Talk has been swirling of the chances of a new effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act to pass through the Senate. Right now, those chances appear murky at best, with several prominent Republicans (names you’ll likely recognize from the last GOP health care bill) saying they won’t support the bill as it stands. Also this week, we’re watching as Republicans are expected pull the tarp off the framework for their much-anticipated tax reform plan.

Meanwhile, at the White House, the Trump administration signed a new travel ban on Sunday with more targeted restrictions. It adds North Korea, Venezuela, and Chad to the list of countries whose citizens will now face increased restrictions on entering the country. The order replaces the previous executive order that the president signed earlier this year restricting travel to the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

We’ll also tackle the political dimensions of NFL teams and players protesting during the national anthem during football on Sunday and preview tomorrow’s special election in Alabama.


Caroline Heldman, associate professor of politics at Occidental College and author of the forthcoming book, “Protest Politics in the Marketplace: Consumer Activism in the Corporate Age” (Cornell University Press, 2017); she tweets @carolineheldman

Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco; he is a former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former White House staffer for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush


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